Is the Central Government Planning to Reduce Retirement Age?
On the 28th of last month, a well-known English daily reported that the Central Government is considering reducing the retirement age of its employees. This news has caused quite a stir among those working under the Central Government. The proposal is said to be part of the Government’s plan to reduce non-plan expenses. A senior official mentioned that this move would create employment opportunities for new people under the new recommendations to be suggested by the 7th Pay Commission.
In 1998, the Vajpayee Government raised the retirement age for Central Government employees from 58 to 60. The subsequent UPA government proposed plans to raise it further from 60 to 62, but the plans were then dropped. The retirement age was raised from 55 to 58 in 1962.
The article stated that the BJP’s manifesto, which promised to rationalize and converge ministries, departments, and other arms of the government, could implement such tough reforms. However, our investigations and inquiries suggest that the Government has no such plans. We are not aware of any debate held in any office, including the PMO, over this issue.
Recently, the State Government of Haryana reduced the retirement age of its employees, possibly leading to speculation that the Centre might implement a similar policy. It is worth mentioning that none of the employee associations and federations have raised a voice or expressed an opinion about this issue.
We hope that the Prime Minister is aware of the responsibilities and financial commitments of a Central Government employee who has an average service period of 30 years.